Indian Yellow Rice
This Indian-inspired Yellow Rice recipe is so fluffy and flavorful. Its vibrant color comes from ground turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice. Make this healthy side dish in less than 30 minutes!
Why You Need This Recipe
- This Indian Yellow Rice recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan, but is full of amazing flavor!
- While this easy yellow rice may be a slightly Americanized version of traditional Indian cuisine, it’s still yummy and pairs well with other Indian-inspired recipes such as this Coconut Lentil Curry!
- Yellow rice contains turmeric which is proven to be an anti-inflammatory spice. It is a common spice in Indian cooking.
- The chopped cashews on top add crunch and even more healthy nutrition.
- Serve this satisfying side dish with almost any main dish recipe. Or, add some lean protein or garbanzo beans to make this a main dish in itself!
Reduced sodium vegetable broth adds so much flavor to this rice dish. You can use chicken broth if you aren’t on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Long-grain basmati white rice is the perfect texture of rice. Don’t buy short-grain or quick rice for this recipe, basmati rice is best (as an alternative, you could use long grain rice like jasmine rice).
Ground turmeric adds that vibrant yellow color that gives Yellow Rice its name.
Golden raisins (or regular raisins) add some natural sweetness and a chewy texture.
Extra spices like cinnamon and cumin seeds add an authentic flair to this Indian-inspired recipe.
Cashews add crunch when served on top of the finished dish.
Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
Rinse your long-grain white rice grains in a fine-mesh sieve. Let the water run until it’s clear.
Bring rice and cold water or vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan on the stove top.
Add remaining ingredients except for the cashews and cook 15-20 minutes.
See the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements.
Fluff the Indian Yellow Rice and top with cashews before serving.
I hope you agree that this Turmeric Rice recipe is the best rice you’ve ever had.
Is this Recipe Healthy?
- White rice sometimes gets a bad rap, but white rice tends to be easier to digest than brown rice. For this reason, white rice is sometimes even included in paleo diets as a “safe starch.”
- You can lower the glycemic effect of white rice by eating it with lots of high-fiber vegetables and a clean protein like tandoori chicken.
- White rice is also a very low allergenic food, so it is appropriate for a lot of people with food sensitivities.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
- Rinse the rice before cooking. This removes starch from the surface of the rice and prevents the grains from becoming too sticky when cooked.
- If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can use 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead. You can also use curry powder instead of turmeric powder, although your rice will have a stronger flavor.
- Don’t add the cashews until just before serving. This will help keep them nice and crunchy!
- Store any leftovers in a sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
Yes, just substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin for the cumin seeds.
Yes, see my recipe for Instant Pot Yellow Rice.
Yes, you can.
More Healthy Side Dish Recipes You Might Like
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Oven-Baked Kale Chips
- Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- Instant Pot Yellow Rice
- Spanish Potatoes
- Pumpkin Rice
This recipe also goes perfectly with my Coconut Lentil Curry!
Don’t Miss These Other Indian-Inspired Recipes!
- 1 cup long-grain basmati white rice
- 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped cashews
- Place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse it under cool, running water.
- Pour the rinsed rice into a medium saucepan. Add the vegetable broth and turn the heat to high.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, salt, pepper, and raisins.
- Cover the pot and let it cook for 15-20 minutes. The rice is done when it has absorbed all of the liquid.
- Use a fork to gently fluff the rice. Sprinkle the cashews on top and serve warm.
- You can use water or vegetable broth to cook the rice. The vegetable broth will give more flavor to the dish than using water.
- Store any leftover rice in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.
- If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can use ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Indian
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 125
- Sugar: 2.1 g
- Sodium: 185.4 mg
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 27.9 g
- Fiber: 0.7 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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